Psychology professor Mikki Hebl is the 2016 winner of Baylor University Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, one of the most prestigious national teaching awards given to academics. The award honors those who have a positive, long-lasting impact on their students in addition to a record of distinguished scholarship, according to the award’s website. Hebl will receive a prize of $250,000, a teaching residence at Baylor and $25,000 for Rice’s department of sychology. 

Last year, Hebl was a finalist for the Cherry Award and the 10th faculty member to win Rice University’s George R. Brown’s Certificate of Highest Merit, designed to honor outstanding performance in the classroom. She is currently abroad as part of the Semester at Sea teaching program, during which she will sail to 11 countries and teach psychology and management.